Nothing but The Truth at the Playhouse in August

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Nobulali Productions in association with The Playhouse Company presents Nothing But The Truth by Dr John Kani. Rhee Manganyi as Mandisa, Dambuza Nqumashe as Sipho AND Ayanda Khowa-Fali as Thando
Nobulali Productions in association with The Playhouse Company presents Nothing But The Truth by Dr John Kani. Rhee Manganyi as Mandisa, Dambuza Nqumashe as Sipho AND Ayanda Khowa-Fali as Thando

Nobulali Productions in association with The Playhouse Company presents Nothing But The Truth by Dr John Kani.

Says producer Nobulali Dangazele, “We are excited to announce that Nothing but The Truth by Dr Jon Kani is coming to Durban for one week only. This production is now in its fifth year and in this time it has wowed audiences and helped learners, parents and educators connect on intergenerational themes such as forgiveness, sibling rivalry and challenges of dealing with the truth”.

Hailed as “a deeply felt portrait that delicately weaves the extraordinary and the ordinary in its characters’ lives” (New York Times), Nothing But The Truth is a gripping investigation into the complex dynamic between those Black people who remained in South Africa and risked their lives to lead the struggle against apartheid, and those who returned after living in exile.”

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In New Brighton, South Africa, 63-year-old librarian Sipho Makhaya prepares for the return of the body of his brother Themba, recently deceased while in exile in London after gaining a reputation as a hero of the anti-apartheid movement.

As the story progresses, the interaction between Sipho, his daughter Thando, and his London-based niece, Mandisa, leads to the uncovering of conflicting expectations as well as new-found perspectives, as each character forges a sense of reconciliation between the past and present.

The script combines powerfully dramatic writing with moments of humour and profound insight, affording audiences a theatre experience that stays in the memory long after the curtain comes down on each performance. The play proved the hit of the National Arts Festival when it played in Grahamstown and has since garnered wide critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

The staging by Nobulali Productions of Nothing but the Truth is directed by Ntsako Mkhabela and designed by Neil Coppen. The cast includes Ayanda Khowa-Fali as Thando, Rhee Manganyi as Mandisa, and Dambuza Nqumashe as Sipho.

On watching this production on opening night, Dr John Kani had this to say: “For the first time, the story of why I wrote the story came back to me whilst watching them – I shed a tear from the corner of my eye!” Teachers and learners shared similar sentiments. The show’s producer Nobulali Dangazele said she was humbled by the response.

Margie Coppen from Think Theatre said: “I was privileged to attend the opening night of this production in Johannesburg and cannot recommend it highly enough! Under the sensitive, this is a “MUST-SEE” for all learners studying “Nothing but the Truth” as an English or Drama set work.”

First published in 2002, Nothing but The Truth tells a complex South African story. London-based cultural critic Belinda Otas writes that the play is “an in-depth and subtle examination of family, sibling rivalry, truth, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation and the compassion of the human soul when it has been wronged”

The production is 1 hour 40 minutes followed by a 20-minute Q&A session which is conducted by an experienced facilitator. The viewing of the production followed by the Q&A session provides a valuable teaching tool for educators to assist learners to appreciate and understand nuances of the play.

Performances of Nothing but the Truth at The Playhouse are on 1, 2, 4 and 5 August at 09:15 and 12:15; on 6 August at 10:15 and 12:15, and on 7 August at 15:00. Tickets are R70 per learner and R95 per adult. For school bookings e-mail Doreen@thinktheatre.co.za / 086 402 9592. Enquiries: 084 556 0668. Public booking is via the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 031 369 9596 (office hours). Or book through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, or online at www.computicket.com.

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